Disapproval of Obama Boosts GOP's Raese in W.Va. Senate Race for Byrd Seat

Tuesday, 28 Sep 2010 04:46 PM

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West Virginians’ disapproval of President Barack Obama’s presidential performance and the national Democratic agenda is getting part of the credit for nudging Republican John Raese ahead of popular Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin for the first time in their contentious special election for U.S. Senate in the Mountain State. Businessman Raese snags 48 percent support to Manchin’s 46 percent showing, in the latest Rasmussen Reports survey, when so-called leaners are included in the contest for the late Sen. Robert Byrd's seat.

Raese, Manchin, West Virginia, ObamaRasmussen’s Daily Presidential Tracking Poll today included these observations: “New polling shows that the president is playing a big role in the West Virginia Senate race. Although Manchin enjoys sky-high job approval ratings,” the contest has moved from being solidly Democratic to the tossup category in the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Balance of Power summary.

“Manchin’s positives are matched by negative perceptions of the president in that state,” Rasmussen reported.

The 48-46 percent showing for Raese is based on a Sept. 27 telephone survey of 500 likely voters, in which 4 percent were undecided.

“This race has been closer than expected for weeks as Manchin, despite his popularity with voters in the state, faces an electorate that is even unhappier with the national Democratic agenda than voters in most other parts of the country,” Rasmussen’s analysis noted.

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